"The Finest Police Officer I've Ever Known" — Edward Kovacic, Chief of Police, Cleveland (Ret.)
For 38 years, Jim Simone patrolled Cleveland’s 2nd Police District, a drug-infested area with one of the highest violent crime rates in the United States. Nicknamed “Supercop” by the media and local residents, he was known as a hard-nosed, yet fair, officer. Simone was stabbed, clubbed, run over, and shot twice during his career. He traded gunfire 19 times, killing five people in the line of duty. In Badge 387, Simone and other crime experts discuss the dynamics of deadly force encounters, and how such situations can be resolved non-lethally. A Vietnam veteran, Simone was awarded two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts while serving as a 20-year-old platoon sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division.
Published Oct. 2016 by Kent State University Press.
House of Horrors: The Shocking True Story of Anthony Sowell
Oct. 29, 2009 -- A Cleveland Police SWAT team entered Anthony Sowell's home to arrest him on a sexual assault complaint. Inside, police found a nightmarish scene: The bodies of 11 women were strewn throughout the house and buried in the back yard. For two years, Sowell, an ex-Marine, had preyed on area women, targeting drug users and transients. He lured them to his home to party, strangled them, and then lived among their remains. House of Horrors takes readers into the mind of a killer through interviews with his surviving victims, his family, neighbors, and Sowell himself. Published by Kent State University Press.
What Happened to the Lufthansa Heist Loot?
In this 13,000-word book, a former high-ranking member of the Bonanno crime family shares previously untold details of what happened to the $6 million in cash and jewels stolen from the Lufthansa Airlines cargo vault at JFK airport. The infamous 1978 heist, which was immortalized in the book "Wiseguy" and the movie "Goodfellas," has baffled the FBI, NYPD, and other law enforcement agencies for 37 years. At the time of the robbery, the Lufthansa heist was the largest cash haul in United States history. Authorities never recovered the loot. Now, ex-mobster Dominick Cicale reveals where the money went. The short-format book includes portions of an unpublished interview with Henry Hill in which he discloses insider information about Jimmy "The Gent" Burke, the reputed mastermind of the Lufthansa Heist.
Upcoming Book Signings
• April 9, 2016 - Stark County Main Library Author Fair, noon to 4 p.m., 715 Market Ave. North, Canton
• April 30, 2016 - Medina Library Author Fair, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 210 S. Broadway, Medina
• Nov. 5, 2016 - Buckeye Book Fair, 9:30 to 4, Wooster, Fisher Auditorium